Two top contenders in eventing have withdrawn from the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, held in Mill Spring, North Carolina, Sept. 11-23. Michael Jung’s fischerRocana FST (Germany) and Sam Griffiths’ Paulank Brockagh (Australia) both withdrew due to injury.
“With a heavy heart, we must inform [you] that fischerRocana has contracted a compression of the front left fetlock during training,” Jung posted on his Facebook. “According to the veterinarian, it is a minor injury, but it takes time. Unfortunately, this time is too short until the departure, and we could not complete the last training sessions. That’s why we [will not] start in Tryon.
“Since 2009, I have been in the German team every year and was able to compete in an individual medal every year. Rocana and I were ready to represent the German colors dignified, but unfortunately it should not be. I wish the German team all the best, success and a lot of fun!”
With Jung out, reigning world champion Sandra Auffarth will be called up with 9-year-old Selle Français Viamant du Matz.
Emma McNab will replace Griffiths on her 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse Fernhill Tobasco.
“Brocks sustained a minor injury in her final preparations and will not be fit to travel,” Griffiths said in a release from Equestrian Australia. “She will recuperate and then be prepared for Badminton 2019. Sam and Team Griffiths wish the Australian Eventing Team the very best of luck.”